Tuscaloosa News Internship Checklist
Below is a checklist of items students must submit in order to apply for a Journalism & Creative Media Department coordinated internship at The Tuscaloosa News. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JN 311 (JCM303) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. A student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media.
TO APPLY, submit the following items to Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, through the Journalism & Creative Media Department Office, 490 Reese Phifer Hall.
—A letter of application addressed to Mr. Michael James, Executive Editor, The Tuscaloosa News, 315 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. The letter should outline:
–your reasons for wanting the internship
–the number of hours per week you can work
–the area(s) in which you desire to work (more areas improve chances but be willing to accept any for which you apply)
–your experience and qualifications
Your letter should be formatted as a professional business letter.
Do not send the letter to the News; submit it and your other material to Prof. Meissner through the Journalism & Creative Media Department.
— Your current resume
— Several (3-5) examples of your journalistic work. If you have professional or student publication clips, submit these. If you do not have published work, submit outstanding examples from class assignments.
All the above items should be submitted to the department no later than Friday, March 24 – preferably sooner. We will check the applications and forward those that are eligible to The Tuscaloosa News for review. You may be called for an interview with The Tuscaloosa News.
IF ACCEPTED, you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss your schedule and job assignments and submit the following items to the Journalism & Creative Media Department.
–Completed Student Information Form
–Completed Supervisor Information Form
After these items are received, you will be given an override to register for the internship class, JN/JCM382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. Contact Dan Meissner, Internship Coordinator, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose and conditions:
The Tuscaloosa News offers opportunities for University of Alabama students to work in the newsroom on supervised projects that will better prepare them for jobs in journalism upon their graduation. These projects will also benefit the operations of The Tuscaloosa News.
Student interns must be enrolled in the internship course to participate in an internship at The Tuscaloosa News. UA Journalism & Creative Media students must have completed JN311-News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade, have maintained a 2.5 grade point average and have successfully completed at least 45 credit hours. The Tuscaloosa News will not assume workplace liability for students or provide any employer benefits. Students who are working outside the newspaper office must provide their own transportation and provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. Interns must sign a standard intern contract that sets out the expectations conditions of the internship. Students successfully completing the internship will receive a stipend of $250 paid through their university account to assist in internship expenses such as gas, etc. Credit hours to be received should be determined in consultation with the internship coordinator in the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Students are responsible for tuition costs for credit received.
The Tuscaloosa News agrees to provide a focused experience for students who will work with a supervisor on staff. The supervisor will evaluate the student’s work on a continuing basis through the semester, and provide written assessments at the midpoint of the term and at the end.
Students must submit their internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media Department. The department will screen applications to verify academic eligibility and forward them to The Tuscaloosa News for review. Applicants may be asked to interview with representatives from the newspaper.
Important Note: Students generally work an average of 12 to 20 hours per week when interning during spring and fall semesters and 15 to 30 hours (or more) during the 10-week summer term. Working fewer hours may not provide for enough supervisor contact and work time to provide the continuity necessary for a beneficial learning experience for the student and for The Tuscaloosa News. Students will work a schedule at The Tuscaloosa News that will be flexible and developed around the student’s class schedule.
University of Alabama Journalism & Creative Media students should submit their applications to Dan Meissner, in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Application information is available in the department office (Phifer Room 490), at www.jnews.ua.edu, or from Prof. Dan Meissner, email@example.com. Course forms for registration in JN382 will be provided to accepted applicants.
Internship Opportunities Include:
General Assignment Reporting: The student(s) will write a general assignment stories, feature stories and cover events throughout the community. Interns will also have an opportunity to suggest story ideas.
Sports Reporting: The student(s) may cover a variety of sports-related high school events, local college and community college events, write sports features and take calls for game reports.
Multi-media Copy Editing / Digital Content (News or Sports departments): The student(s) will edit print stories, rewrite stories, compile and post multimedia news and feature content and upload material to the design production system. Students who come with knowledge of design techniques also may also assist in online design.
Social Media: The student(s) will promote online awareness through a variety of social media applications. Updating information channels throughout the day and creating community awareness of information in a coordinated manner will be paramount, as will developing web and other visual content, as appropriate.
Photographer/videographer: The student(s) will work with staff photographers learning the day to day aspects of community visual journalism. Students will be able to shoot photographs of community events, prep sports and standalone feature photos for use in print and on the website. Students may produce video for use on websites and may also be asked to assist on larger scale shoots such as fashion and architectural shoots for Tuscaloosa Magazine.
Entertainment Reporter: The student(s) will write stories and reviews for entertainment events, interview and profile performance artists and cover other components of the Tuscaloosa area’s lively entertainment scene.
Tuscaloosa Magazine: The student will assist in planning and organizing the production of the periodic full-color magazine. Duties may include a variety of functions depending on the intern’s skills and the production cycle of the magazine at the time of the internship. (Generally available only to returning interns)
Database and Agate Reporter: The student(s) will collect information from public sources, mostly government offices, for lists that run in print and databases that can be referenced online. These include restaurant ratings, building permits, business licenses, marriage licenses, and court records. For students with appropriate skills, there is an opportunity for innovative Web development of online tools.
Biographical and Photographic Archivist The student(s) may collect biographical files on prominent members of the community using the newspaper’s archives and other sources, organize historical material and scan and organize photographs from the newspaper’s archives so they can be easily referenced in digital format.